Are You An Emotionally Intelligent Real Estate Agent?

Posted by Sammy Harper on Mar 14, 2017 11:33:06 AM

In an industry fraught with emotions and entirely dependent on relationships, it’s crucial for real estate agents to have a high level of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence (or EI, as it’s often called) has become quite the buzzword in the business community. The concept gained popularity in the 90s after it was introduced by a pair of psychologists, and since then, there have been hundreds of books and probably billions of articles written on the topic.

Studies show that high levels of emotional intelligence are linked to successful careers and better relationships. TalentSmart, a company that provides emotional intelligence assessments and training, conducted research and found this compelling evidence:

  • Emotional intelligence ranks at the top of a list of 34 workplace skills as the strongest predictor of success.
  • 90% of top performers have high levels of EI, while only 20% of bottom performers have high EI.
  • People with higher EI make an average of $29,000 more per year.

To learn more, check out Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed in Business.

Obviously, it’s important. But what is EI, really? What does emotional intelligence mean for a real estate agent? And do you have it?

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2 Major Factors That Determine Whether Your Clients Will Give You Referrals

Posted by Sammy Harper on Mar 7, 2017 11:19:00 AM

That months-long process of helping your clients find their dream home has finally come to an end. The title has been transferred, you’ve received your commission, and you’ve given a nice bottle of wine as a closing gift.

The transaction is complete. Now the big question is whether your clients will remember the experience as positive or negative.

The key word here is “remember.” Because the way we remember experiences doesn’t always coincide with the way things actually went down. In fact, our memories of experiences are often shaped by just a few isolated moments.

The peak-end rule, founded by psychologist Daniel Kahneman, suggests that when we look back on an experience, our lasting impression isn’t formed by everything that happened, but rather by what happened at the peak (the most intense moment) and the end.

That means these two factors—the peak and the end—will play a huge role in how your clients look back on their experience, and whether or not they will refer you to friends.

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Are You Making These 4 Time-Wasting CRM Mistakes?

Posted by Gary David Hall on Mar 1, 2017 10:45:00 AM

At its most basic level, the primary function of a real estate CRM is to save you time. And as a real estate agent, time is certainly something you could use more of!

Unfortunately, there are ways you can shoot yourself in the foot when using your real estate CRM. In this post, I’ll take you through four of the most common time-wasting CRM mistakes agents make...and how to fix them.

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The Bare-Minimum SEO Guide for Real Estate Agents

Posted by Sammy Harper on Feb 21, 2017 10:34:38 AM

If your real estate business consists of just you or only a small team, you probably shouldn’t be spending tons of time figuring out the intricacies of SEO. But with more and more people turning to the web to search for homes and agents, it’s not something you should be ignoring, either.

This SEO guide was written for those of you who are running a lean and mean real estate business. I’ll share just the essentials of what you need to know, and nothing more. Because you have more important things to do.

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The 5 Not-So-Obvious Reasons Real Estate Agents Should Talk To Strangers

Posted by Sammy Harper on Feb 14, 2017 11:17:00 AM

There’s one pretty obvious reason why real estate agents should talk to strangers: to meet new prospects. You never know who might be getting ready to buy or sell a home. Even if they aren’t ready now, you might make a friend (or at least a close acquaintance) who could become a client further down the road.

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How Meditation Will Make You A Better Real Estate Agent (No, Really!)

Posted by Sammy Harper on Feb 7, 2017 10:10:00 AM

If you’ve known Realvolve for even a short amount of time—in particular, if you know Dave—you’ve come to realize that mindfulness is a core value of the company. You’ve also heard someone (probably Dave) tout the virtues of meditation as a means of achieving that mindfulness.

It sounds a bit hippie-dippy, especially to those of you who aren’t the hippie-dippy type. But meditation isn’t some strange, alternative path to business success. It has become a mainstream habit practiced by all types of people—from CEOs to day traders to neurosurgeons. And it can benefit real estate agents, too.

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9 Email Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Credibility (& How To Fix Them)

Posted by Sammy Harper on Jan 31, 2017 11:17:00 AM

Banging out an email has become second nature. You probably don’t give it much thought...you just type out what you need to say and click Send.

But before you send off that next quick email to a lead or client, take a look at these common email mistakes that might be hurting your credibility...and consequently, hurting your real estate business.

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How To Be More Authentic (& build trusting client relationships)

Posted by Sammy Harper on Jan 24, 2017 10:26:00 AM

“The poseur, as we know him, is the man whom we have outwitted in his attempt to outwit us.”
- Oliver Forbes, The Century Magazine, 1912

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How To Be An Awesome Mentor To A New Real Estate Agent

Posted by Sammy Harper on Jan 18, 2017 10:35:00 AM

It’s a wonderful thing to help someone grow in their real estate career. Because let’s face it—it’s rough out there for new agents. They’re still getting used to the nontraditional working hours and uncertain income. They’re struggling to get enough leads. And they’re having a tough time winning clients because they don’t have the years of experience to back them up.

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Minimalism for Real Estate Agents: Eliminating “excess” from your work and life

Posted by Sammy Harper on Jan 10, 2017 1:21:00 PM

If you’re like most people in America, you’re buying too many clothes. You’re eating too many empty calories. You’re spending time with toxic people, when that time could be spent with the people you love.

I’m not trying to make you feel bad. Believe me, I’m definitely at fault. But I would like to propose a challenge—that we all try to be a little more minimalistic.

 

What is minimalism?

Minimalism is nothing new. It’s basically the idea of “less is more.” It’s about removing excess from your life and focusing only on what’s essential and what brings you long-term joy.

Excess can come in many forms—it might be clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year, daily caramel macchiatos from Starbucks, or too many client meetings booked per week.

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